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No NFC for Apple iPhone 5 say U.K. carriers

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No NFC for Apple iPhone 5 say U.K. carriers
According to a number of U.K. carriers, the Apple iPhone 5 will not have NFC (Near Field Communications) as one of the features on the device. The information apparently comes from after the carriers met with Apple executives who are waiting for a universal standard for NFC. The technlogy allows for short range communications and  would allow cellphones enabled with NFC to act as a credit card to make quick payments. The application can also be used to turn your smartphone into a ticket, like a airline boarding pass.

Some handsets, like the Samsung Galaxy S and the Galaxy S II offer NFC which is a feature of Android 2.3, and as we reported, RIM has announced that upcoming BlackBerry devices will feature the technology.

Bloomberg had earlier reported that NFC would show up in the Apple iPad 2 as well as the iPhone 5. The lack of the technology in Apple's just released tablet would seem to indicate that the next iPhone will also not feature it. The Cupertino based firm is said to be working on its own NFC system which would link payments to iTunes. That technology is expected to make it into the 2012 model of the Apple iPhone.

source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 14 Mar 2011, 06:29 3

1. B (unregistered)

Nfc will be in the iphone 6 and we will be treated to another ad glorifying apple and how they invented the nfc for phones,changing everything again

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 06:37 2

2. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

It also won't be called NFC.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 09:01 1

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


posted on 14 Mar 2011, 09:27 2

5. B (unregistered)

indeed experts reckon apple will have a version of nfc which works from the iphone through itunes account only,apple will no doubt make much profit through this restriction and thus call it by a different name like ipmfnfc....i pay more for near field communications!!

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 12:47 1

7. LionStone (Posts: 849; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

or it'll simply be called ... "ibuy"...perfect...

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 10:32

6. Vkg (unregistered)

and then it'll be patented :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 08:51 2

3. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Apple still seems to be content marketing a consumer phone, as opposed to a professional phone. NFC seems to be a staple more so to professionals, and Apple will happily let other companies eat the cost on developing the tech. I do not think the people who want the next iPhone will worry one second it is not on there. I think it is an interesting tech, and do hope NFC is part of most mobile devices in a couple of years.

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